We started our Summer Fun unit study by learning about the Sun. We studied all about the sun, made a human sundial, a craft, and a huge Reese’s sun cookie. Both of the boys enjoyed the activities for the day although T is still too young to understand much about the sun.
Read: Where Does the Sun Go at Night? By Amy S. Hansen
- The sun gives us energy, light and heat.
- The Earth moves around the sun.
- The sun is a star, the only star that we see during the day because it’s the closest star to the Earth.
- The Sun sets in the west and rises in the East.
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Stand in the middle of the driveway, and trace around your child’s feet.
- Then trace the child’s entire shadow and write the time of the day at the top.
- Stand on the traced feet every hour and trace the shadow and write the time again (use a different color of chalk each time to clearly see the different shadows).
The Earth’s Revolution
- Construction Paper
- Make a big sun out of construction paper.
- Go into a dark room with the globe (the earth) and flashlight (the sun). The Earth spins on its axis once everyday causing night and day.
- Then go outside with the big construction paper sun and the globe. The Earth spins on it’s axis to cause day time to come. Earth also takes a long trip around the sun once every year causing the seasons.
- Poster Board
- Ask the children what they know about the sun.
- Draw a big sun on the poster board with a yellow marker and draw sun rays out.
- Child writes his ideas at the end of each sun ray.
Hanging Sun Craft
- 3″ foam ball
- Yellow craft paint
- yellow, gold, and orange pipe cleaners
- White craft glue
- Fishing line
- Place the foam ball onto something that can hold it still while you work. We used a lid from a plastic milk jug.
- Paint the ball with yellow paint and let dry.
- Cut the pipe cleaners into 3″ pieces and insert into the ball, about ½ an inch apart.
- When finished, remove one of the pipe cleaners and tie a piece of fishing line around it.
- Place a dot of glue into each of the pipe cleaner holes as you remove them and then reinsert the pipe cleaners back into the holes.
Summer Sun Mosaic Cookie
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Reese’s Pieces
- Heat oven to 350°.
- In large bowl, combine sugars, margarine, peanut butter, vanilla and egg; beat well.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.
- Chill the dough for an hour or so.
- Shape dough into a large cookie on a greased pizza pan.
- Add Reese’s Pieces in the shape of a sun.
- Bake at 350° for 13-16 minutes.
- Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on wire rack.
Summer Fun Unit Study